Clean Eating Recipes Perfect For Holiday Entertaining

The holiday season is here, which means it is finally my favorite season for entertaining! If you are looking for healthy, flavorful, and simple meals to make this season, we have got you covered! From my favorite lamb chops to simple edible gifts you can package for a friend, this is a great guide for when looking for Winter holiday inspiration!

Clean Eating Holiday Entertaining Recipes - Lexi's Clean Kitchen #holiday #glutenfree #paleo #cleaneating

Appetizers


How to Build The Ultimate Charchuterie

Crudité Platter [paleo-friendly option, low-carb, vegetarian, dairy-free option]

Salad Roll-Up [30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly, no added sugar, very customizable!]

Harvest Salad with Maple Balsamic Dressing [Dairy-free, vegan-friendly]

Maple Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon  [paleo-friendly, egg-free, nut-free]

Potato Latkes [30 minutes or less, paleo-friendly]

Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip [30 minutes or less, gluten-free]

Spinach Dip Stuffed Mushrooms [dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian]

Maple Bacon Sweet Potato Sliders  [paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant]

Easy Pumpkin Soup  [vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

Tomato Basil Soup and Grilled Cheese [grain-free, gluten-free, vegetarian]

Bacon Wrapped Sriracha Bites [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

Spinach and Artichoke Dip [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

Thai Meatballs [paleo-friendly, low-carb]

Side Dishes


Honey Glazed Carrots [dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

Cinnamon Roasted Sweet Potatoes  [paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant, vegetarian]

Cranberry Walnut Roasted Acorn Squash [dairy-free, vegetarian, paleo-friendly]

Cranberry Spiced Relish [paleo-friendly, gluten-free, vegetarian no refined sugar]

Perfect Roasted Veggies [paleo-friendly, grain-free, vegetarian, gluten-free]

Mediterranean Veggie Fritters [vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free]

Maple Bacon Brussels Sprouts [paleo-friendly, grain-free, gluten-free]

Sweet Potato Casserole with Candied Pecans [egg-free, vegetarian, gluten-free, grain-free]

Healthier Green Bean Casserole [gluten-free, vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free]

Creamed Spinach Gratin with Cashew Milk [grain-free, paleo-friendly, dairy-free if you use oil instead of butter, vegetarian]

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes [gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian]

Healthier Creamed Spinach [gluten-free, vegetarian, grain-free, dairy-free]

Mains


Maple Glazed Ham  [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

How to Roast a Turkey  [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

Lamb Chops with Crispy Shallots and Pomegranate Sauce [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

Shepherd’s Pie Two Ways [nut-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore [egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Holiday Meal in 1 Hour [egg-free, gluten-free, low carb, paleo-friendly]

Chicken Pinchos Chermoula [gluten-free, egg-free]

Creamy Pumpkin Casserole  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Gluten-Free Sausage and Pasta [gluten-free]

One-Pot Apple Cider Braised Chicken  [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

30-Minute Taco Soup  [grain-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese]

Roasted Salmon with Apple Fennel Salad Over Garlicky Kale  [grain-free, dairy-free, whole30 compliant]

Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese [gluten-free]

Butternut Squash Pizza and Creamy Butternut Squash Puree with Scallops and Bacon [grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

Creamy Potato and Shrimp Chowder [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

Coffee Rubbed Steak [dairy-free, paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

Treats & Desserts


Cut Out Cookies [gluten-free, grain-free]

Classic Chocolate Mousse  [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, no refined sugar]

Chocolate Decadence Pie  [dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

Double Chocolate Macadamia Cookies [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

Sea Salt Chocolate Cheesecake Truffles [vegan, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

Orange Zest and Sea Salt Bark [30 minutes or less, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

Secret Ingredient Brownies [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Pecan Pie Tarts  [gluten-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly]

Creamy Peppermint Coconut Cups [paleo-friendly, vegan, gluten-free]

Roasted Grape Tart  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Sea Salt Trail Mix Bark [gluten-free, dairy-free if you use a dairy-free chocolate]

Gingerbread Chocolate Chip Muffins  [paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

The Best Paleo Truffles  [paleo-friendly, gluten-free]

Espresso Candied Pecans [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Edible Cookie Dough Dip [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Hasselback Pear Crumbles [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Carrot and Zucchini Bars [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Easy Slow Cooker Baked Apples  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Roasted Citrus with Salted Vanilla Whipped Cream [gluten-free, vegan, paleo-friendly]

Blueberry Crumb Bars  [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Cranberry Orange Scones [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Paleo Apple Galette [gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Cocktails


Sparkling Citrus Punch  [no refined sugar, 30 minutes or less]

Pumpkin Smash Cocktail  [30 minutes or less, no-refined sugar]

Caramel Apple Martini  [30 minutes or less, no refined sugar, grain-free]

Raspberry Gin Cocktail  [30 minutes or less, no refined sugar]

Apple Cider Sangria  [30 minutes or less, gluten-free]

XO!

Lexi

Freezer-Friendly Meals (Healthy & Gluten-Free!)

If you have been wondering which of my healthy, clean eating, gluten-free recipes are good make ahead freezer-friendly meal recipes, this is the post for you! Freezing meals is such a time saver and a great way to reduce food waste, BUT it can be really hard to tell which meals are freezer-friendly and if they are freezable, the best way to freeze them for re-heating.

Healthy Gluten-Free Freezer-Friendly Meals - Lexi's Clean KitchenThe Best Freezer Meals (Healthy & Gluten-Free)!

Similarly to my round-up of Cooking for Others, I have consolidated my go-to make ahead freezer-friendly recipes into this healthy gluten-free Freezer Friendly Meals post! For the most part with these, I’m reheating on the stove-top, in the oven, in a toaster, or on occasion, in the microwave (I avoid this, mostly). Over time I will be adding to this list, so make sure to keep coming back if you are always on the look-out for healthy, simple, and delicious freezer-friendly breakfasts, main dishes, snacks, and desserts!

What is Freezer Cooking?

Freezer cooking is when you create meals and freeze them or freeze ingredients for a meal, to make meal times easier for a busy new mom, somebody dealing family issues, and so much more. It’s really great for anyone to have freezer-friendly meals ready to go in a pinch! They are often done in bulk so you have a few meals at a time!

Tip: Always clearly label the freezer bag or container with the date.


Breakfast

Potato, Leek, and Chard Frittata: Freeze for 2-3 months. [30 minutes or less, vegetarian, nut-free]

Sweet Potato BLT Frittata Freeze for 2-3 months. [dairy-free, nut-free]

Spring Vegetable Quiche: Freeze for 2-3 months. [vegetarian, nut-free]

Pumpkin Waffles Freeze for 3-4 months. [vegetarian, dairy-free, low-carb]

Waffle Bites: Freeze for 3-4 months. [vegetarian, dairy-free, low-carb]

Fluffy Paleo Pancakes Freeze for 3-4 months. [vegetarian, 30 minutes or less]

Breakfast Burritos: Freeze for 3 months. [dairy-free, nut-free]

Freezer Smoothie Packs: Freeze for 1 month. Add fruit and veggies to a ziplock bag and freeze.

Breakfast Cookies: Freeze for 3 months. [vegetarian, dairy-free, low-carb]


Main Dishes

Classic Chicken Soup: To preserve the textures of meat and vegetables in soup, it’s important to cool hot soups completely before freezing! To quickly reduce the temperature, transfer to large, shallow containers (13- × 9-inch baking dishes) and refrigerate uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cool. Freeze for 3 months.

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls: Make sure to freeze the chicken, seasoned cauliflower rice, and black beans separately and add avocado and dressing when serving. Freeze for 3 months. [dairy-free, egg-free]

Enchiladas (from LCK cookbook): Freeze for 2 months.

Moroccan Chicken Burgers: Freeze raw. Freeze for 3 months. [dairy-free, 30 minutes or less]

Sausage, Peppers, and Onions: Freeze for 3 months. [whole30 compliant, paleo-friendly]

Mediterranean Fritters: Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet, then transfer to an airtight container or freezer-friendly ziplock bag. Freeze for 3 months. [dairy-free, vegetarian]

No-Bean Falafel: Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet and then transfer to an airtight container or ziplock bag. Freeze for 3 months. [paleo-friendly, vegetarian]

Loaded Turkey Meatballs, Nanny’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Thai Meatballs: Arrange raw meatballs in a single layer on a small tray lined with parchment paper. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours; transfer to a zip-top bag. You’ll avoid one frozen mass, plus single servings thaw faster! Freeze for 3 months.

Turkey Chili, Game-Day White Chili, Sweet Potato Chili: To preserve the textures of meat and vegetables in soup, it’s important to cool hot soups completely before freezing! To quickly reduce the temperature, transfer to large, shallow containers (13- × 9-inch baking dishes) and refrigerate uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cool. Freeze for 3 months.

Sloppy Joe: Freeze the meat and the bread separately. Freeze for 3 months.

Chicken Milanese: Place the chicken cutlets on a small tray lined with parchment paper and freeze. Move to a freezer-friendly ziplock bag once frozen. This will prevent the chicken cutlets from sticking together. Freeze for 2-3 months.

Instant Pot Chicken CacciatoreFreeze for 2-3 months.

Loaded Taco SkilletFreeze for 2-3 months.

One-Pan Indian Spiced Chicken and CauliflowerFreeze for 2-3 months.

Spaghetti Squash Bake: Freeze before baking! Freeze for 3 months.

Eggplant Pizza Crust: Wrap individual crust in foil, then freeze. Will keep for 3 months frozen, defrost for 15 minutes or so. Reheat in a large frying pan with the lid on over medium-high heat. This allows the crust bottom to crisp and the cheese to remelt without burning!

Pizza Crust: Wrap individual crust in foil, then freeze. Will keep for 2-3 months in the frozen, defrost for 15 minutes or so. Reheat in a large frying pan with the lid on over medium-high heat. This allows the crust bottom to crisp and the cheese to remelt without burning!

Gluten-free Hidden Veggie Mac and Cheese: Freeze in a lidded oven-safe Tupperware for easy transport between oven, freezer, and fridge! Will keep in the freezer for up to 1-2 months.

Marinated Chicken: Place raw chicken in freezer-friendly bags. Pour in the marinade. Freeze the raw chicken and marinade together for up to 2-3 months. Let thaw before cooking.

Stir-Fry: Poach the chicken and slice it before freezing. Chop the vegetables and freeze them raw. Freeze these ingredients in a single layer on a sheet pan before transferring them to a freezer-friendly container. This ensures that the ingredients freeze individually instead of in a solid block! Freeze for up to 2-3 months.

Slow Cooker Carne AsadaFreeze braised pork shoulders in their cooking liquid. This preserves the juicy flavor and tender texture while guarding against freezer burn. Portion meat into freezer bags, add cooking liquid and freeze for up to 1 month!

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken: Make sure to cool shredded chicken completely. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months! De-frost, and then heat up in a soup, on the stovetop heated in salsa to add to a burrito, or warmed in the oven or on the stovetop and served on top of a salad!

Pesto Chicken SaladMake sure to cool shredded chicken completely. Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months! Freeze pesto separately. Defrost then combine.

BurritosFreeze for 3 months. Reheat in the oven or in a microwave if you choose to use one!


Snacks and Desserts

Banana Bread: Freeze for up to 3 months

Zucchini Bread Freeze for up to 3 months

Sea Salt Pumpkin Butter Cups:  Freeze for up to 3 months

Thin Mints Freeze for up to 3 months

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies:  Freeze raw dough in cookie form, for up to 3 months

BrowniesFreeze for up to 3 months

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies: Freeze for up to 3 months.

Paleo Lemon Bars: Freeze for up to 3 months.

Homemade Chocolate Bark: Freeze for up to one year.


Sauces, Sides, & Other 

Tomato Sauce: Let cool completely before freezing. Freeze for 3-4 months.

Meat Sauce: Let cool completely before freezing. Freeze for 3 months.

Sweet Potato FriesBlanch sweet potatoes first! Slice sweet potatoes into strips or as desired. Bring a pot filled with water to a boil, then boil fries for 5 minutes. Place in strainer and rinse with cold water immediately to stop the cooking process. Place on cooking sheet and put in freezer for an hour to flash freeze.

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce: Freeze for up to 3 months.

Strawberries & Blueberries: Dry well. Place berries onto a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer and slide them into the freezer. Once the berries are firm, transfer them to storage bags or containers and return them to the freezer to be used as needed!

Zucchini or Squash: You can 

Broth: Pour the broth into ice cube trays and place in the freezer. Remove frozen broth cubes and store in a freezer bag!

What would you add to this list?

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 48

This week’s Dinner Plan is filled with an assortment of veggies, protein, and nutrients to keep you energized all week long! From my favorite Maple Glazed Salmon to my Candied Pecan and Herb Salad, this week’s menu will definitely not disappoint!
Meal Plan Week 48 [gluten-free] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Meal Plan Graphic Week 48 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Monday: Maple Glazed Salmon [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Tuesday: Candied Pecan and Herb Chicken Salad [dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Wednesday: Shakshuka [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Egg Roll Bowls [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Chicken and Kale Detox Soup [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, and paleo-friendly]

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a cocktail this week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

The apple cider sangria on page 256 is one of my all-time favorites and is so great for serving a crowd! I also love the classic margarita on page 252!


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 47

This week’s Dinner Plan is filled with some of my favorite Fall recipes! From easy Slow Cooker Chicken to Gluten-free Brussels Sprouts Pizza, this week’s menu is definitely a WINNER!
Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 47 [gluten-free, paleo-friendly] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 47

Monday: Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken with Perfect Roasted Veggies [dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant if you use oil of choice or ghee]

Tuesday: Healthy Broccoli Soup [30 minutes or less, vegetarian, paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese]

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Shepherds Pie [dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

Friday: Out

Saturday: Rustic Tomato Vegetable Soup [dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, vegan]

Sunday: Brussels Sprouts Pizza [gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make some sides this week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

 


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 44

Weekly Dinner Plan Week 44 [paleo-friendly] | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Happy first week of October! This week’s meal plan is filled with a mix of my favorite comfort food and light and refreshing dishes to help you have a well balanced week!

New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Meal Plan Graphic Week 44 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Monday: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad [3o minutes or less, refined sugar-free, gluten-free]

Tuesday: Meatball and Veggie Soup [30 minutes or less, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Spicy Chicken In Tomatoes [30 minutes or less, dairy-free, egg-free]

Friday: Out

Saturday: Slow Cooker Carne Asada [dairy-free, egg-free, paleo-friendly]

Sunday: Crockpot Asian Beef [dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant if you omit the coconut sugar in the marinade]

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make a breakfast this week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

The Buttery Drop Biscuits on page 74 are delicious with this slow cooker pumpkin butter!

Celebrate October with some of my favorite pumpkin recipes on the blog!

 


As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!

Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 37

Weekly Dinner Plan Week 37 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This week is filled with some of my most popular recipes on the blog! From the spaghetti squash bake to the new copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls, this week is filled with flavorful, simple, and absolutely delicious meals that are perfect for meal prep!

If you are new to the meal plans, you can find them all, equipped with free printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Meal Plan Graphic Week 37 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Monday: Italian Style Spaghetti Squash Bake [gluten-free, grain-free]

Tuesday: Copycat Chicken Burrito Bowls [grain-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly, Whole30 compliant + VIDEO]

Wednesday: Greek Veggie Bowls [vegan-friendly, egg-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly, whole30 compliant]

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Watermelon Ahi Salad [grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly]

Saturday: Out

Sunday: Chicken Milanese [dairy-free and paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese, gluten-free]

Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

Make breakfast throughout the week from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook!

The French Vanilla Muffins on page 48 and the Healing Tropical Smoothie Bowl on page 62 are perfect for HOT Summer mornings! Looking for BRUNCH inspiration? The avocado toast on page 58 is one of my faves! SO flavorful, filling, and customizable!